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We’re all for ‘strong is the new skinny’ and, when it comes to the ultimate fighting fit example, you can’t really get much better than the Victoria’s Secret Angels. Proving that physical fitness is about so much more than what you look like, they work hard to stay fit, healthy, and strong in order to keep up with their demanding schedules of constant travel and grueling hours – no, it’s not as glamorous as it appears! And one man who helps whip them into shape? Mohamed Elzomor. The celebrity trainer knows everything from the most effective workouts and the most practical nutrition tips, so it’s hardly surprising that he’s on speed dial ahead of the annual Victoria’s Secret fashion show.

“I’ve worked with over 20 of the Victoria’s Secret models and have helped train them for the last two shows. Some of my more regular clients are Elsa Hosk, Devon Windsor, Shanina Shaik, Nadine Leopold, Lorena Rae, Toni Garnn, Lais Ribeiro, and Alessandra Ambrosio,” reveals Elzomor. “They all have different body types, which means their goals and regimens are a bit different. With some, we don’t do very much lower body, and really just focus on abs and cardio. With others, such as Hosk and Rae, we focus on tightening up the glutes and legs more than anything else.”

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“These girls train hard, 24/7. They have to look good all the time because they work for other brands year-round, but when the Victoria’s Secret fashion show rolls around, they train almost twice as much. Believe me when I say this: they give it their all, every single day. I’m proud and inspired by their hard work and dedication – they know they are blessed with an incredible opportunity, and they most definitely don’t take it for granted.”

Speaking exclusively to Savoir Flair, Elzomor reveals his top workout moves and fitness tips, giving us a mere glimpse into how Victoria’s Secret models get ready for the big day.

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Intermittent Fasting

This is one of my favorite tricks to getting into great shape, fast. It’s the process of cycling in and out of periods of eating and not eating, where you eat all of your daily calories within a shortened period (typically six to eight hours) and fast for the remaining 16 to 18 hours. You can do this every day or just a few times a week.

The body’s level of growth hormones skyrockets, increasing as much as fivefold. This benefits fat loss and muscle gain, and there are actually many health benefits to intermittent fasting. Insulin-sensitivity improves, and levels of insulin drop dramatically. Lower insulin levels also make stored body fat more accessible.

(Read more about intermittent fasting here)

Fasted Cardio

When I have a client who needs to get ready for a role quickly, or needs to prep to go on tour, this is one of my favorite methods of working on their cardiovascular endurance and tricking their body into burning only fat, not muscle. This type of cardio requires you to be working at 65 to 75 percent of your maximum heart rate, so nothing too intense. For example, a slow jog or even a fast walk on an incline for 30 to 45 minutes.

Visualize Your Goal

Honestly, I find this to be the most important piece of advice, and the backbone of what I instill in all my clients. It all starts in the mind. If you can visualize what it is you want, in as much detail as possible, you begin to attract it. Use all five senses as often as possible. Act and feel as if you are already who you want to become – it’s only a matter of time then!

EMS

I’m also a brand ambassador for my30minutes, which is actually based in Dubai! I do EMS (Electric Muscle Stimulation) workouts with all of my Victoria’s Secret girls, especially leading up to the show. It’s a 20-minute workout that uses electric stimulation to activate over 90 percent of your muscle fibers, and basically crams a three-hour workout into just 20 minutes!

 

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Mo's Go-To Moves

1

BOSU Ball Unilateral Crunches

Core

How to do it:
Place the BOSU ball on the ground with the inflated side up. Sit right in front of the center of the ball and put your right hand behind your head. Take your left foot off the ground, bend your leg, bring your knee in and then up to your elbow. Repeat 15 times before switching sides.

What it’s good for:
This is a great way to challenge your entire core. It forces you to turn on the muscles that you wouldn’t normally fire, simply because of the stability required to perform this exercise.

2

Static Beast

Full Body

How to do it:
A classic move is ‘Animal Flow’, which is an exercise that requires you to be on all fours – hands under shoulders and knees under hips, pushing into the ground with your toes and hands so that your knees and shins are lifted up, about an inch off the floor.

What it’s good for:
Static beast is a wonderful exercise because it fires your legs, core, arms, and lats. It also gets challenging very quickly – it’s great as a warm-up as well.

3

Stability Ball Plank with Elbow Roll

Core

How to do it: 
With your feet on the ground, place your elbows on a Swiss ball. Raise your hips off the ground, forming a straight line from your shoulders to your feet. Brace your abs and squeeze your glutes. Begin to roll your elbows forward and back while maintaining a straight spine.

What it’s good for: 
It’s a great ab exercise that really fires the stabilizers in your core – a great way to add some spice to your regular planks!

4

Walkout with Spiderman Stretch

Stretch and Mobilization

How to do it:
Take an exaggerated lunge step. Drop both hands to the inside of the front foot (not in front of, but in line with the foot) and pull the hips towards the ground while attempting to straighten the back. Try and take a full breath while in the stretched position. Ease off the stretch and crawl the opposite leg forward, or switch the legs in place if you aren’t performing the walking version.

What it’s good for:
This does a wonderful job of mobilizing your body; it dynamically stretches your hip flexors, glutes, and hamstrings. It’s also a challenging movement that makes for a great warm-up.

5

Alphabet Leg Lifts

Abs

How to do it:
Lie flat with your hands under your bottom/lower back, palms facing the ground. Keeping your legs straight (with a tiny bend in the knees), keep your legs together and spell out the alphabet in capital letters.

What it’s good for:
This is great for working your abs from angles that you may not be hitting during conventional ab exercises.

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